Your computer's video system should be able to display 256
colors at a resolution of 640 by 480 pixels. Your video card
must support DirectX (see below).
You should have 50 MB of free hard disk space available
for installation. The current version of Empiriana will take
about 35MB of disk space once installed. It is always a good
idea to have at least this much always available when running
Sound and music will enhance gameplay if enabled. Your
sound card should be compatible with Windows 9x/NT/2K and
DirectX (see below).
DirectX needs to be correctly installed before Empiriana
can be run. DirectX comes with its own installation files.
Once installed, you will not have to re-install DirectX again.
Some older video and sound cards do not work with DirectX,
so check with the manufacturer of the card to see what current drivers are available, if
Windows NT 4.0 users should be sure to install Service Pack
3 which includes the DirectX 3 components.
To play Empiriana, you need to be connected to the Internet. For most people, this
means using a modem to connect to an Internet Service Provider (ISP). Empiriana will work
with a 14.4 kbps or faster modem, assuming your ISP's Internet connection is reliable.
There are many independent ISPs as well as major ones like America Online and CompuServe.
We recommend the smaller independent ISPs because they usually have better access and
faster connections. If you will be using a Local Area Network (LAN) to connect to
Empiriana, be sure that the PC you will be using is properly configured to connect to the
When using Windows to connect
to the Internet, you use software named winsock. 32-bit versions
of winsock are required to play Empiriana. If you have upgraded
your system from Windows 3.1x to Windows 95, the chances are
that you are running a 16-bit version (assuming you had an
Internet connection prior to the upgrade). If this is the
case, you should contact your ISP and see if they have a 32-bit
version available. Another alternative would be to install
the winsock included with Windows 95 Dial-up Networking.